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Japan Machinery Orders Implode As Global Economy Grinds To A Halt

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Japan's core machinery orders were expected to post a modest -2.6% drop. Instead they had a worse collapse than anything seen in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, plunging by a stunning 14.8% . And the kick in the groin cherry on top was the current account surplus plunged by 62.6%: consensus forecast: -14.5%. The Japanese economy has once again ground to a halt, only this time it has no earthquake or nuclear explosion to blame. This time it is the entire world's fault, where demand has collapsed proportionately. As a reminder the BOJ expanded its QE yet again on April 27. Must be time for another QE because this time will certainly be different after more than 30 years of failures.  It is time for those brilliant central planners Ph.D's to do engage in more of the same insanity that Einstein warned about decades ago. And incidentally this is not a joke: on Thursday the BOJ is expected to ease yet again. As a reminder, the BOJ already buys ETFs, Corporate Bonds, and REITs. What's left: gold?

Instant View via Reuters:


"The numbers are weak. Although the BOJ tankan indicated stronger (capital spending), uncertainty about the outlook for the overseas economy is making Japanese companies cautious. "Things won't be as strong as the tankan suggested. We didn't think capital spending would be that strong, because we can't expect much growth in overseas economies. "The pace of capital spending is gradually becoming weaker. "We believe that BOJ will loosen monetary policy (at Thursday's meeting)."


"Looking at the May figure alone you may say that machinery orders were weak, but given that the data is volatile you cannot say capital spending is losing momentum. "Corporate capital spending remains in a moderate uptrend as the Bank of Japan's June tankan confirmed, although the pace is tepid and levels are below those seen before the Lehman crisis. "Public spending and personal consumption are driving the Japanese economy but economic growth is likely to slow after the summer partly as government subsidies for low-emission cars run out of money. You cannot expect much from exports given uncertainty over Europe and the global economy. "The BOJ is likely to sit tight this week given the current yen movements, but it could ease policy further as early as September if it becomes clearer that the economy is slowing down."


"Machinery orders from both manufacturers and non-manufacturers fell a lot. External demand looks weak. A lot of companies have turned cautious about overseas economies. The global economy is weaker than we thought. "Machinery orders suggest capital expenditure is weaker than what companies indicated in the most recent Bank of Japan tankan survey. This suggests that capital expenditure plans in the tankan are likely to be downgraded. "The current account surplus took a hit from imports of liquefied natural gas. Prices for these imports should start to follow oil prices lower. "There are increasing worries for the Japanese economy. The BOJ looked like it would be on hold this week, but given weak U.S. economic data and monetary easing by central banks in China and Europe, there is now a 50 percent chance that the BOJ could ease this week."


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Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:49 | 2597377 death_to_fed_tyranny
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Sayonara Bitchez!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:56 | 2597389 GetZeeGold
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Take five.....smok'em if ya got'em.


Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:59 | 2597411 stant
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take 5, wont last a minute

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:08 | 2597437 Manthong
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I thought I saw little ASIMO in the unemployment line.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:20 | 2597477 Earl of Chiswick
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and NKY goes into a death sprial

or is that LOL

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:23 | 2597487 Long-John-Silver
Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:00 | 2597412 Ahmeexnal
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Ogolfer issues a stealth executive order on Friday: all communications will be controlled during the upcoming "crisis":

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:25 | 2597490 Ineverslice
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There he goes again.... Seal the compartments, prepare for cold shutdown everyone. 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:51 | 2597560 TrainWreck1
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Just download everything* before the plug gets pulled.

*only half-joking

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:00 | 2597705 Prometheus418
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Check out Tor and i2p.

Depends on what they do- tor will bypass any firewall restriction I've encountered, provided that the connection exists.  It's very good at sneaking you out the back door with your identity hidden.  The public version of it was developed to help those in countries with repressive regimes communicate across borders.  I'm sure it's not bullet proof, but AFAIK, it's very good, and they even make it for your smartphone, if you're so inclined.

i2p is a different matter- it's nowhere near as anonymous, but it does set up peer-to-peer tunnels to sidestep firewalls.  I believe the point of it was to make sure that your ISP doesn't know exactly what you're doing for people who are pirating media, but I honestly don't know all that much about it.

Either one requires some self-discipline, so read the instructions carefully if you decide to use them.  I run encrypted connections off an entirely different computer just to make sure that there is no cross-contamination like cookies or other nonsense.  It certainly does not improve your everyday experience for things like reading the news and buying something from Amazon, and it doesn't make sense to use it for that.   Those tools are for more specific and more private communication.  A decent idea might be to have a bootable USB with an entirely different operating system (Linux is free, and comes in a lot of different flavors) that is dedicated to encrypted use- then you don't need a different machine.  I just happened to have an old one that would do the job.

And before you ask, no, I don't use either one to post on Zerohedge, so please don't get any wonderful ideas about posting all my personal info just to show you could use a whois.  If anyone is watching, that cat was out the bag long ago- no reason to tie it to anything else that is more secure.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 00:04 | 2597852 Cursive
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Check out this new service:

Looks promising if you want to have a *secure* conversation.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 18:20 | 2600219 Estrella
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In response to Ahmeexnal's post about the latest executive order... someone please show me where I am wrong or being foolish.

Dec - Obama signs executive order allowing takeover of five parts of US Economy based on DHS determination of possible emergency.

Jan'ish - Obama signs law allowing for indefinite detention without charge of US citizens alleged to be enemy combatants.

Mar'ish - DHS orders 450 million hollow point .40S&W (a non-military round) and tens of thousands of M-4s

Apr'ish-May'ish - Military exercise in Tampa, Chicago and St. Louis

May'ish - SCOTUS decides it is acceptable to strip search, body cavity search, anyone detained by polic.

Jul - Obama signs executive order allowing control of airwaves, again based on DHS determination. Includes shutting down radio stations.

So... where am I obviously making a logic error here?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:16 | 2597744 jerry_theking_lawler
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bum'em if ya don't...

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:22 | 2597484 Randall Cabot
Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:23 | 2597614's picture

Great tune. Here's another:

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:26 | 2597623 El Oregonian
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It only gets bitter from here...

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:18 | 2597747 FL_Conservative
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The Fed is NOT printing any time soon, Fo-get about it!  They realize at this point it accomplishes NOTHING and so they will do NOTHING until we're on armageddon's doorstep.  That little bitch Hilsenrath will be proven wrong.....again.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 01:19 | 2597935 Seer
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How sure are you?

The only gains to be had are via currency devaluation, or haven't you heard about that?

And when everyone else is crushing their currencies then keeping up with the Joneses doesn't make you look so out of place.

BTW - We ARE on Armageddon's doorstep.  The door is unlocking...

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 08:31 | 2598300 Mitzibitzi
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The door's unlocked. All we're waiting for now is for the doorman to finish checking his guest list.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 02:02 | 2597962 OmNamah
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Mark my words, Japanese equities would bottom this year and would be one of the best performing equity markets in coming a speculator you can't let these once in lifetime opportunities slip by......please open your eyes and make money instead of ideas:)

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:49 | 2597378 heavenskrow
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Sorry Japan...I love you

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:53 | 2597379 knukles
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Wish I could arrange a 220 zap for every time one of them folks has told me I'm an idiot only to have the forecast come true.....
World's imploding.
Not a very big insight, either.
Is simply the global debt deleveraging taking it's ultimate course, regardless of idiotic policies... which are only making it worse.

Ya'll realize that with what's happening, with all of the impending, as in a matter of when, not if, downgrades of goobermints and companies, what the demand for eligible collateral is gonna be?
Bunds, Swissy, Guilts, Treasuries, OZ gonna all be bid to negative yields as demand increases for the shrinking subset of "the eligibles" with rational counter-parties.
It's a different world, folks.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:08 | 2597441 Dr. Sandi
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Dammit Knuckles. Stop making those forecasts. It's YOUR FAULT that they're coming true. You're going to wreck everything with all your truthmongering.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:14 | 2597455 Cheesy Bastard
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Yeah.  It's just a 30 year soft patch.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:54 | 2597694 knukles
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You know, several of my uber-liberal O supporter buds have in all seriousness told me that.
I need to cheer up my forecasts,,, that I'm too cynical.
Seriously... its all Knukles fault 


And now my neo-CON buds are mad at me because I'm telling them that nothing's gonna change if Romney gets elected.

Fucking blind people fully immersed in the Matrix, in full bore Hegelianism

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:28 | 2597501 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ knukles

Maybe I can get bearings for a little cheaper from Japan now.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:38 | 2597526 Ahmeexnal
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New batches of Japan made bearings glow in the dark.

Actually, so does recently made wasabi.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:39 | 2597532 tmosley
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That stuff's so spicy it'll give you CANCER!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:45 | 2597547 HurricaneSeason
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So, IOUs will become more and more valuable as they are printed faster and faster?  U.S. treasury bonds will be a required investment, eventually.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:04 | 2597715 Arnold Ziffel
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at least housing has bottomed.......NOT!

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 02:04 | 2597964 OmNamah
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Mark my words, Japanese equities would bottom this year and would be one of the best performing equity markets in coming a speculator you can't let these once in lifetime opportunities slip by......please open your eyes and make money instead of ideas:)

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:50 | 2597380 LongSoupLine
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People, people...calm down.  Don't you know they've fired the nuke reactors back up?

Everything's fixed.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:50 | 2597382 Barometer
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That Hugh Hendry is crazy

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:54 | 2597391 heavenskrow
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keep him on the DL.   Don't make him a blown up Jim Rogers

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:05 | 2597434 Spitzer
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Kyle Bass has the big shorts on Japan.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:10 | 2597440 Ineverslice
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-14.8%...Ouch!  Paging Dr. Hendry.... and get K. Bass on standby, on the double!

Ooops,  beat me to it. Well, off u go!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:54 | 2597387 Henry Chinaski
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More hoax from ZH. Nice. /sarc

Got cash bitchez?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:03 | 2597424 Ahmeexnal
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You don't need cash. All you need is toilet paper and a printer.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:55 | 2597393 world_debt_slave
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rove you rong time

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:44 | 2597677 ZeroAvatar
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Dammit, that's plagiarism!  No 72 virginians for YOU when you die!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:53 | 2597824 world_debt_slave
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No, not the virginians!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:55 | 2597394 Seasmoke
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this news could make people become kamikazees

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 03:26 | 2598037 Oh regional Indian
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Japan's already sky-high suicide rate has sky-rocketed further.

As has the US's. As has India's. In fact, here in India, it is soon to be a leading cause of death in the 18-35 category. More than disease and accidents, suicide.

That is the world free-energy tends to create. Dystopia.



Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:57 | 2597403 midgetrannyporn
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I don't think the average old person in Japan gives a flying fig what the BOJ does. They hoard yen and wait for death.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:57 | 2597406 TrainWreck1
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Nobody can afford the stuff that is made now.

Why buy machinery to make more stuff that people cannot buy?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:16 | 2597465 HyperLazy
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I am still workin overtime in my employers tooling shop filled with Mitsubishi SZ Wire EDM machines. Finest iron that ever came out of Japan. The only parts we have had lately are components for medical and oil.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:54 | 2597566 TrainWreck1
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Medical & oil have margins that can absorb US tooling costs.

Most everything else gets designed here and the tooling is done in China

(plus they keep the tools and copy the designs, but that doesn't matter for this quarter's numbers)


I can see some Japanese mfg moved to the US as a consequence of Fuku, but mostly for keiretsu.


Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:03 | 2597423 TideFighter
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Why you pie me?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:05 | 2597432 Wakanda
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"What's left: gold?"

Abso fucking lutely!  Belly up to the market and bid away.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:05 | 2597433 vote_libertaria...
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BETTER...THAN...EXPECTED!!!!!.....ohhh....never mind

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:10 | 2597446 CClarity
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. . .  weather?

. . . . . . . . .  cleanest shirt in the hamper?

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . earnings

It sure gets haggard and old.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:09 | 2597442 Jack Burton
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Bloody Hell! Japan is stuffed!  I more and more believe Marc Faber when he claims that the future is this "Central banks will print and print and print. Then they will go to war. Against who? America will always find someone to go to war against."

So there you have it, the world economy is imploding in a sea of bad debts and criminal banking. The end result will be world war three.

The USA is itching to have a go at Russia, only thing is they have plenty of nukes and have promised to use them on any foreign power that crosses the border with a military force on to Russian territory.

The USA also wants badly to destroy China, but this is at odds with the USA corporate agenda which needs China to be a profit center via cheap labor.


Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:34 | 2597517 distopiandreamboy
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Nah India will be the whipping boy for the next war, it's an easier sell to "liberate in the name of freedom and democracy" and the Brits have always wanted it

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 02:05 | 2597965 OmNamah
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Mark my words, Japanese equities would bottom this year and would be one of the best performing equity markets in coming a speculator you can't let these once in lifetime opportunities slip by......please open your eyes and make money instead of ideas:)

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:09 | 2597444 apberusdisvet
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As expected since many workers have radiation sickness.  What the MSM is not covering

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 06:15 | 2598103 GetZeeGold
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Those guys have been out of the news business for quite some time now.


Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:11 | 2597450 q99x2
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I wouldn't read to much into it. Everyone knows that you can't manufacture without electricity. And, you can't channel stuff without stuffning.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:15 | 2597460 asteroids
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Sounds like the Japanese finally got tired of "fudging" their numbers since the disaster. You can't fool people forever.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:16 | 2597464 tmosley
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The opening sequence to "Paranoia Agent" had some creepy foresight.  It depicts a tsunami, economic collapse, nuclear disaster, and potential world war, and all back in 2004.

Not to mention that it is creepy as hell in general.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:18 | 2597471 bob_dabolina
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tmosley, what in the hell are you watching?

That was the most ridiculous thing I've seen this month.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:30 | 2597513 tmosley
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Really?  You haven't been paying very close attention then.  Lots of far more ridiculous things have been posted on these very pages even today.

I feel a lot like the people in that sequence there.  Can't help but laugh as the world collapses around my ears. 

Note the suicide imagery there too.  Fuck, the whole plot to the show is about people wishing to escape from reality, and having their wish granted by some supernatural force that shows up and beats the shit out of them, and that process fed on itself, threatening to consume the entire world.  Sounds familiar, doesn't it?  Almost like, I don't know, some kind of metaphor.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:23 | 2597481 HyperLazy
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I remember Paranoia Agent, it was a tad disturbing. Here is the latest Anime, alien invasion of Japan: (warning: 10bit encode)

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:02 | 2600526 VyseLegendaire
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I'm as big a Paranoia Agent fan as anybody else but I don't see how the OP indicates any of what you just said.  All I see is some imagery that symbolizes the collapse of society/civilization and people's despair concomitant with it. Not gonna go further due to spoilers, cool to see the anime fans coming out of their nests on here. 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:19 | 2597475 reader2010
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That's telling us the problem is the diminishing demand from China.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:24 | 2597489 MK ultra
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They might be sucking wind in Japan but Mazak here in the states has more demand than they can handle:

I'm tooling new CNC machines as fast as I can.. and Toyota is adding jobs in the southeast:

And Tyler, your sources are..... wait for it!

Two economists and an asset manager! Bwaahhahaaa

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:28 | 2597503 HyperLazy
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Who is picking up the machine tools? Mostly automotive, oil, medical?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:51 | 2597562 MK ultra
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Automotive and aerospace. And a lot of medium sized job shops.

And my oilfield customers in Texas are busy as well. 2009-2010 was a culling process. The shops that survived are all busy as hell with good backlogs. The weak ones that where low balling quotes just for cash flow are gone.

CNC Machines, Bitchez!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:58 | 2597571 tmosley
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Channel stuffing much?

You should know for a FACT that your automotive clients are in major trouble due to that issue.  I wouldn't be too surprised to see similar issues in aerospace, which is the OPPOSITE PLAY of oil, which definitely is booming (I know lots of people who are doing very well in the industry, friends, family, and clients).

Beware false growth caused by malinvestment.  It can collapse at a moment's notice.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:17 | 2597606 MK ultra
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Machine tool manufacturers don't channel stuff.

There are not huge showrooms and parking lots on every corner with 300 CNC lathes and Mills sitting on them.

Stick to subjects you know about.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:33 | 2597651 tmosley
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But their clients do.

I took a business class once where we played a game that was meant to simulate the supply chain, and how disruptions propogate and swell as they go down them.  I think you are playing that game right now.  Be careful you don't get washed away in the tsunami that comes from failure to communicate more than one step up or down the supply chain.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:20 | 2597610 HyperLazy
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I agree that manufacturing could collapse at any moment. But honestly I think its great that Mk Ultra is moving capital equipment. Even if the shop that picks it up brand new goes bust that equipment gets liquidated and picked up by someone else with a cheaper price tag. Then the equipment gets another chance at making stuff.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:07 | 2597585 HyperLazy
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Shit man, the past twelve years has been a huge culling process. Unfortunately, there are a couple shops I can think of that deserved to go out of business but didn't. Those damnable evil bosses tend to survive the longest...

Interesting to hear aerospace is pulling some weight, read a lot about composite materials in the trade publications that tend to pile up in our break room. Been significant developments in hard milling, working titanium and cutting tools but I still prefer Wire EDM - its slow and safe. LOL

Tooling Bitchez!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:14 | 2597601 MK ultra
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I retired from Kennametal and started this biz six years ago. So yeah, I hear ya on that Tooling.

10 thousands half-hard brass wire bro, good luck out there!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:14 | 2597604 TrainWreck1
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Anything "aerospace" will be drones.

Here are the players and their 'trade group' - they will get $$$ over the next few years. Nice ROI for lobbying (what else is new?)

30K+ drones in the US by 2015. Gotta keep an eye on everyone, sequestering the pilots in a room keeps an eye on them too.



Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:26 | 2597626 HyperLazy
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Ya know, thats the really fucked up thing about this entire mess. The people who have the wealth and control would rather wield it to subjugate than help...

Whats wrong with the desire for an open society filled with an idealism for a prosperous and lasting civilization?

Sad, really sad...

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:35 | 2597658 TrainWreck1
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I hear ya.

Some people thrive on crushing others. Not just doing well for themselves, but walking over anyone they can.

No idea what pleasure they derive from it. Try to avoid them as much as you can. Life is too short.



Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:43 | 2597543 tmosley
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Judging the content of a message by who comments on it once it is public?

That's a whole new level of ad hominem I've never encountered before.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:10 | 2597593 MK ultra
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Admit it, you guys are just bad news junkies.

  1. Y2k couldn't do it
  2. 2008 banking collapse couldn't do it.
  3. Bird flu pandemic was a non event
  4. Baltic dry index.. yeah all those empty boats. Not.
  5. Gulf oil spill: Nope. (Been to Destin lately? It's just as beautiful as ever.)
  6. Barry hasn't tried to take our guns. But domestic gun mfg's sure made an assload the last 4 years.
  7. Fuckashima. The Japs survived and thrived after gettin hit with two nukes in 1945. You think a tsunami is gonna hold 'em back???
  8. Gerald Celente: Riots and blood in the streets 2011? um, no.
  9. John Williams' Hyperinflation? Where?
  10. Nibiru fly by? I'm not worried, all those chemtrails will block out gravitational pull.

My business was up 35% last year and it's up again this year. Because I quite wasting all this time on negative news sites and got busy with business planning. And I'm the manufacturing industry. The cure for doom and gloom is hard work.


Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:38 | 2597663 tmosley
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I feel sad that people like you will be hauled out in bodybags (figuratively) when this thing goes.  You are the proverbial boiled frog.

The worst part is that we will need people like you and the capital you posess and are creating to recover, but we are unlikely to have it, as you and others like you failed to see two steps ahead and see the collapse coming, finding yourselves caught flat-footed, and forced to sell out to the Chinese.

In any event, I will do my best to preserve enough capital to keep some productive capacity in this country for you to use when the time comes.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:57 | 2597700 Let The Wurlitz...
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There are definitely some "bad news junkies" on this site but there are also major structural problems with 75% of the worlds ecomonomies that WILL BE reconciled in the immediate future.  It sounds like you are one of the people that have done well as your competitors went away in the first leg of the decline.  I know other people that are also doing well because of the economic dislocation that occured.  After the next contraction(which may have already started) there will be tremendous opportunity for those prepared to take advantage.  The world will not stop spinning any time soon but you may be amazed at how quickly the people giving you orders today could cancel them tomorrow - backlogs dont last as long as people would like them to.  I would also stay focused on your business but it would be prudent to have a back up plan.  Good luck.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:09 | 2597726 Conman
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And yet here  you are trolling for responses. You really should look inward as to why you need to troll on touting your awesome 35% increase in business. Meanwhile hard facts are that not all is as cheery as your awesome business record states. So how about you show some humilty and eat some fukin humble pie and keep your aesome life to yourself.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:26 | 2597768 Oldwood
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The self employed are like everyone else in that when things are good they are the smartest people in the room and when it all turns to shit its somebody elses fault. I've been in business for 26 years and it sucks big time right now. Maybe I could do things better but nothing is better than being in the right place at the right time. Enjoy it while it lasts and try to avoid crapping on others, as your turn may be at any time.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 00:03 | 2597847 otto skorzeny
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i have been buying only the essentials for awhile now- food and clothes/shoes for the kiddies. my 2001 camry with 160000 miles on it- buy a new one? fuck it -I just put a new set of Firestones on it and oil change(which I did). why pay 35K for a new one and it'll be scrap in 15 years-not to mention i won't be paying the 3K sales tax to the local revenooers. nitwit neighbor just bought a couple of new vehicles for $65k total- get in more debt-idiot. I'm gonna try to starve the beast

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:34 | 2597793 Savyindallas
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I'll bet you'll lose your ass next year-and the year after. The economy will not be good  -and asholes you will be the first to get dumped by your customers (if you really have any)

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 01:50 | 2597956 Burnbright
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As much as I do enjoy reading news that conforms to my world view, pretty much everything on that list, especially y2k and Nibiru were a total joke. Do you remember the premise for the end of the world when people talked about y2k? People came up with some lame excuse that computers would some how do all this crazy stuff because the dates in the internal clocks wouldn't be able to register the change. WTF!? The only people that shit benifited were IT guys making a killing on government projects and paranoid buisness as they updated software and hardware. I do agree though the doom and gloom is a bit over the top and it is better to just work hard and prepare accordingly.

The only concern I have had is hyperinflation which is very likely in the intermediate future and absolutely certian in the distant future. I am glad your business is doing well, but honestly does it not concern you that central planners can reduce your profit margin on a whim or simply inflate it away? You know why the economy is in a slump, it is because people have no certianty. Because people do not know if the government is going to raise their taxes, create more licencing fees. People don't know what the real cost of anything is any more. How do they know to buy a house, buy a car, or decide to go to college. Interest rates are controlled, lending is controlled, capital flow in general is controlled. Now that isn't to say their isn't lots of funny money to be made out their. If I were to make a business today or choose a career path it would be something involved in any sector of the economy that was either directly or indirectly funded by the government, because that is where the money is. 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 02:06 | 2597967 OmNamah
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Mark my words, Japanese equities would bottom this year and would be one of the best performing equity markets in coming a speculator you can't let these once in lifetime opportunities slip by......please open your eyes and make money instead of ideas:)

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 02:07 | 2597968 OmNamah
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sorrry for repeated posts...something wrong with my keyboard....sorry again

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 06:19 | 2598107 GetZeeGold
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I'm sorry.....did you say something?


Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:04 | 2600537 VyseLegendaire
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If anyone deserves the term shill, I think I just found him. 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:26 | 2597494 Fail2Deliver
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Of course this is all bullish for US markets at the end of the day.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:26 | 2597496 catch edge ghost
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Yeah, but just think of the 30 years of awesome that must surely follow, you know, once it's all fixed - again.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:27 | 2597499 Long-John-Silver
Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:29 | 2597506 JustACitizen
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Pssst...maybe we should call on Noah?

The world doesn't quite have enough wet-behind-the-ears-no-real-world-experience-academics (errr...economists)  to tell us about the real world that we live in - and how it all works...

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:35 | 2597654 sablya
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LOL!  That guy is just jealous that ZH is referenced in 100s of places on the net and exerts a huge underground influence.  I feel sorry for the guy.  Just another pathetic wannabe.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:30 | 2597510 Tom Green Swedish
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Time for some Pachinko

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:53 | 2597563 death_to_fed_tyranny
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How about some more fiat bukkake?

The US Corporate FASCIST State is here now yet, THEY LIE(on a grander scale)!

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:31 | 2597511 SDRII
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at least in Japan when you get nominated to the BOJ it is an up or down vote on your willingness to print. straight forward. 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:31 | 2597512 Bullionaire
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"Groin cherry"


Huh huh, huh huh.



Mon, 07/09/2012 - 08:05 | 2598245 Absinthe Minded
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Love the handle.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:36 | 2597523 nmewn
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My bitch Benny needs to print ;-)

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:45 | 2597681 Dr. Engali
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Ad print he will. He is going to have to print big and the whole system will go super nova.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:37 | 2597525 Yardfarmer
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Instead they had a worse collapse than anything seen in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster...

Unfortunately we are still very much within the "aftermath of the Fukushima disaster" and will be for decades to come as well as the various other super cyclic phenomena that are convulsing this sorry planet. It was predicted that the significant economic repercussions of the massive Fukushima disaster would arrive in earnings season last year with devastating results. As with so many other succesive iterations of the global economic, environmental and political cataclysms, this slow motion train wreck is finally just leaving the rails. Watch out below.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:40 | 2597531 Bicycle Repairman
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Bernanke outlined the ways to fight deflation.  Well, we're slipping into defaltion seriously.  Timing matters.  There will come a point where Bernanke will be completely powerless.  Time to reach into the old kit bag, Mr. Bernanke.  Do it now.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:31 | 2597641 sablya
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Bernanke's biggest nightmare is deflation.  It is what he has feared since he was a child and started seeing candy bars getting smaller and smaller.  Now he's in a position, like in a terrible dream, of being faced with his mortal enemy, with all the levers at his disposal but none of them do anything.  In a fit of rage he may just drop the $bomb$.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:41 | 2597538 jonjon831983
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You want to export your way outta this?  Who you gonna export to when everybody and their colons are already full of debt?

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:41 | 2597541 BlackholeDivestment
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...devaluing labor and building a golden calf if bad? LMAO.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 21:42 | 2597542 blindman
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The Mind of God - Albert Einstein's Unfinished Symphony - FULL DOCUMENTARY

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:04 | 2597581 JustACitizen
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Paging China...China...China

Or barring China - perhaps AnA bozo will do...aka US Citizenism

This is what happens when you build an economy exclusively on Mercantilism and exploitation - when that external demand falls (your host) - you have a problem.

Japan makes (made) quality products for 40 years - China may have just a slightly bigger problem.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:24 | 2597616 Mark Noonan
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There still is a hope that the economy won't completely implode.  I admit this is selfish thinking - I simply don't want to lose my job.  But the more I see, the worse it gets...

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:39 | 2597665 TrainWreck1
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Look at it ths way: it is a house of cards, but it will be propped up as long as possible - use that time to learn, plan and sock away something so that you can deal with it when it happens. If it doesn't, you are still ahead of the curve, whatever happens. Self-reliance is its own reward. Work towards it.


Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:52 | 2597685 John Law Lives
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"The Japanese economy has once again ground to a halt, only this time it has no earthquake or nuclear explosion to blame. "

But he MSM said the disasters in Japan last year would be good for GDP... broken window theory... yada, yada, yada...

100% FUBAR.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 22:52 | 2597686 John Law Lives
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1000% FUBAR.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 00:49 | 2597904 mick68
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Funny thing happens when you fudge numbers or over estimate repeatedly, when the big bad news hits, it hits HARD!! Surprised investors are reactionary investors. Another example of economists and companies sugar coating to their own demise.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 00:49 | 2597905 mick68
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Funny thing happens when you fudge numbers or over estimate repeatedly, when the big bad news hits, it hits HARD!! Surprised investors are reactionary investors. Another example of economists and companies sugar coating to their own demise.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 01:07 | 2597920 TradingTroll
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Japan is still reeling from Fukushima. I donated to Japan's relief funds then the other day I am watching Whale Wars on Animal Planet and they roll out the new Japanese Whaling fleet, retrofitted with $30 million from the earthquake fund. Huh?


So when Bush said that consumers needed to do the patriotic thing and spend, they did. But now, with all the corruption, people just think they are feeding the beast. So they pull back. Its a worldwide phenomenon.


And donations to foundations. Well the cancer societies basically ignore Fukushima, so we stopped donating to them. Now we will stop any more donations to Japan because donating to a tsunami/earthquake victim shouldnt be twisted into a pro-whaling movement.


Around the globe the public is hunkering down. Its the only way to bring down the system. Everyone should do it. Its not the patriotic thing to do, its the human thing to do.


Mon, 07/09/2012 - 08:02 | 2598235 Absinthe Minded
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I couldn't have said it any better. My wife walked in the Avon walk for BC and they said if she didn't raise &1800 she couldn't walk, and the kicker, they charged her a $55 registration fee when she got there. Talk about a scam! Never again. We lost a family member to cancer and it sucks but part of life. These cancer charities make too much money to want to cure it.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 02:51 | 2598008 silverdragon
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Don't write the Japanese off.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 02:58 | 2598013 capitallosses
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<< The two most important Japanese characters

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 05:25 | 2598078 Bunga Bunga
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Don't worry, BoJ will directly buy machines.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 05:47 | 2598089 q99x2
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Send central bankers in one at a time to cleanup the Fukushima spent fuel pools.

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